Ankara insists that the rest of the NATO countries take into account the concerns of the Turkish side in the field of national security. This was announced on Saturday, May 14, by the official representative of the President of Turkey, Ibrahim Kalin.
“We do not close the doors (for Finland and Sweden to join NATO – Profile). However, we, in fact, raise this issue as a matter of Turkey’s national security,” he said.
Kalın also stressed that countries should stop allowing members of the PKK (the Kuridstan Workers Party, which is recognized by Ankara as a terrorist organization – Profile) to conduct their activities, as well as “end the existence of organizations, individuals and other forms of presence <...> in these countries, writes Reuters. Kalyn also added that Turkey is ready to hold talks with Sweden on this topic.
Earlier it was reported that the applications of Sweden and Finland to join NATO will be approved soon. This may happen already at the Alliance summit. In Moscow, they warned that such a step could have certain consequences.